About us – a Few Words About Artisan Stitch
Artisan Stitch provides sewing classes and creative textile art workshops. It’s run by a lifelong sewist (since age 7) and degree-trained textile artist/designer, Jen Skedd. Jen has a passion for all types of sewing and textile arts. She has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in teaching/mentoring roles.
Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’ based on customer reviews.
A UK Enterprise award followed for Best sewing classes 2020.
Artisan Stitch is the only course provider in Edinburgh, and one of only two in Scotland, that are recommended by Queen Margaret University to their Home Economics students.
“I have classes for adults across all levels of ability and specialise in helping people lose their fear of sewing machines. My most popular class is the Beginners Sewing Course. I also teach Dressmaking and Pattern cutting so you can learn my tips and tricks to be able to make your own clothes to a professional standard. During school holidays I offer a range of sewing classes for children aged 8 to 12 and also have a term-time after-school course too. If you’re unable to attend a group class or have a specific problem, why not have a private sewing lesson? Perfect to help you get to grips with that new computerised sewing machine, or tackle a sewing nemesis.
However I also want to show that sewing machines are not just for taking up hems and boring stuff like that. So I offer lots of creative workshops such as Free-Motion Embroidery, I have a passion for upcycling fabric so my ‘Rags to Riches’ workshop shows you how to make stunning new fabrics from a pile of scraps. Or why not try making your own fabric and papers for your crafts or quilting in the Monoprinting workshop. I’ve designed these techniques to be easy for anyone to learn so you don’t need to be particularly artistic to be able to create something beautiful. Why not join me on my textile journey…?”
Where is Artisan Stitch?
Convenient located close to central Edinburgh, Artisan Stitch is located in the arts complex St Margaret’s House.
St Margaret’s House
151 London Road
I’m told that I first picked up a needle about the age of 4, when I made my first dress. OK so it was only a dress for my doll. I learned to use a machine when I was 7 years old so I have well over 40 years of sewing experience ranging over dressmaking, tailoring, bridal wear and soft-furnishings. I’ve also been teaching and training for over 20 years.
My qualifications are:
HND Stitched Textiles & Fashion – Edinburgh’s Telford College
BA (Hons) Textile Design – Heriot Watt University
After graduation, I worked in knitwear manufacturing for a top end cashmere producer in the Scottish Borders. Then I spent some time selling my own range of knitted and felted accessories. These sold direct to the public and to around 44 galleries and boutique shops around the UK. My knitwear designs have been bought by high street chains and the Italian fashion house, Valentino.
My embroidery work has been exhibited widely and has sold to private collectors. I am a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and Group Twelve textile artists.
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